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Haibane Renmei

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Charcoal Feather Federation
Japanese: 灰羽連盟


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 10, 2002 to Dec 19, 2002
Premiered: Fall 2002
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Other
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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A dream of falling from the sky... and then birth. Rakka is born from a large cocoon into the Old Home, greeted by a group of females with small wings on their backs and shining halos above their heads. Soon Rakka's own wings grow, a halo is placed on her head and she is told that she must work in the nearby town of Grie. She soon realizes that the town and the entire world they live in are confined behind the Wall, a tall, impenetrable wall that none except the mysterious Toga are allowed to exit.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Noda, Junko
Noda, Junko
Hirohashi, Ryou
Hirohashi, Ryou
Yajima, Akiko
Yajima, Akiko
Miyajima, Eri
Miyajima, Eri


Ueda, Yasayuki
Ueda, Yasayuki
Tokoro, Tomokazu
Tokoro, Tomokazu
Director, Key Animation
Motoyama, Satoshi
Motoyama, Satoshi
Sound Director
Omori, Takahiro
Omori, Takahiro
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation

More episodes Episodes(13/13)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Cocoon — Dream of Falling from the Sky — Old Home
Mayu — Sora wo Ochiru Yume — Old Home (繭 — 空を落ちる夢 — オールドホーム)
Oct 10, 2002
2 Town and Wall — Toga — Haibane Renmei
Machi to Kabe — Tooga — Haibane Renmei (街と壁 — トーガ — 灰羽連盟)
Oct 24, 2002
3 Temple — The Communicator — Pancakes
Jiin — Washi — Pancake (寺院 — 話師 — パンケーキ)
Nov 7, 2002
4 Trash Day — Clock Tower — Birds Flying Over the Walls
Gomi no Hi - Tokeitou - Kabe wo Koeru Tori (ゴミの日 — 時計塔 — 壁を越える鳥)
Nov 14, 2002
5 Library — Abandoned Factory — Beginning of the World
Toshokan - Haikoujou - Sekai no Hajimari (図書館 — 廃工場 — 世界のはじまり)
Nov 21, 2002

Opening Theme

"Free Bird" by Kou Otani

Ending Theme

"Blue Flow" by Heart of Air

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Nov 12, 2015
With the original concept coming from the notorious artist Yoshitoshi Abe (character designer for Serial Experiment Lain, among the other things), Haibane Renmei comes from a pedigree that's both important and uncertain, as Abe, before this, had never worked on an animated series as the central "auteur" (I am totally using that word improperly, and in any other context i would shout at it being used so shallowly... but you get what I mean). What has resulted from this endeavor though is definitely worthwhile. Abe ultimately uses this series to meditate on the themes of sin, suicide, loss and afterlife, and while I have some read more
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May 7, 2014
An endless fall; a young girl wrapped in white abruptly descends from the skies. A weightless haze lucidly embraces her. A dream too real, a fall too sudden; awakens she, from a strange trance and finds herself confined in a vessel that’s all too familiar in place that’s all too peculiar. A craft in the form of a cocoon holds the enigmatic maiden—a strange rebirth is to take place. The inhabitants of the building in which the cocoon swiftly lies, await in great patience for the arrival of the girl in white.

Thus begins the hauntingly decorative tale of “Haibane Renmei”

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Apr 25, 2010
This is the most striking anime I've ever seen. The care and imagination that went into every aspect of the show is remarkable, but due to the slow, gentle nature of the series I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, if only because this isn't a typical anime in terms of plot. The suspense is subtle -- difficult to spot if you're watching it for the first time -- and builds up over half of the series. Haibane Renmei starts off languid and mysterious, and it tapers off just as languid and mysterious, and every episode seems to reveal more questions that never get answered. Even read more
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Jun 14, 2015
(This is a spoiler-free review adapted for this site)

[Synopsis]: After dreaming of falling through the sky, Rakka (Hirohashi, Ryou) awakens inside a large cocoon from which she is soon birthed. Once emerged, she meets several winged beings adorned with halos called Haibane who welcome her to their abode: Old Home. Rakka’s own wings grow soon after and she joins the Haibane in their daily routines and lifestyle however she wonders about the nature of the Haibane and at the distant wall that blocks off and surrounds their town of Glie from which none of them are allowed to venture near or beyond.


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